Riga Black Balsam Original
  • fruit
  • floral
  • herbs
  • earthy
  • rose
  • elderflower
  • blueberry
  • woody
  • slightly sweet
Riga Black Balsam Original
Riga Black Balsam Original

Reviews & Tasting Notes - Riga Black Balsam

Original (0.75l, 45%*) *please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary
Price $31.99

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Based on 23 votes, the average rating for Riga Black Balsam Original is 5.6/10.

Top reviews for Riga Black Balsam Original:

― Negative reviews? You have no idea what yoz are talking about or have no taste.

― Outstanding. It very CLEARLY advertises itself as an herbal, local specialty. EVERY SINGLE COMPARABLE ALCOHOL is herbal/green and bitter. If you order it expecting anything but, then it's YOUR *complete* failure...don't give the spirit a low rating. If you know what to expect, this is exceptional. This is in the same category as Zwack/Unicum from Hungary, but better IMHO. I thoroughly enjoyed the Hungarian liquor, but this one has more complexity (i.e., variety) *and* depth (i.e., over time). The flavor changes in your mouth over the better part of a minute, which is really spectacular. I also put Mallort (Chicago, IL, USA) in the same category, but Mallort is a very clean and simple bitter liquor by comparison; I love Mallort, but - again - the Riga Black Balsam has tremendously more complexity and depth. Absolutely fantastic neat. I can't wait to experiment with making cocktails using it.

― You don’t drink Angostura bitters by itself, so I don’t think this was meant for drinking. It helps tone down the sweetness of cocktails like the toasted almond. Experiments are ongoing!

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Why people love it?

Riga Black Balsam Original which is carefully distilled at Latvijas Balzams is adored for its fruit, floral, herbs and earthy flavor notes.

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  • Category Liqueur
  • Country Latvia
  • Region Riga
  • Distillery Latvijas Balzams
  • Age NAS
  • Style Liqueur
  • Alcohol 45%*
*please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.

Appearance / Color
Deep Black

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The fragrance is deeply complex with layer upon layer of fruits, florals, and herbals over an earthy sweetness.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Unlike anything else, it has flavor elements from Vermouth and Absinth underpinning notes of rose water, elderflower, blueberry cobbler, and sandalwood.

The finish is long, herbal, and lightly sweet.

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